Dr. Barbara Hogenboom
BA 2. Politics and Protest in Latin America
Latin American politics are a puzzling field of academic study. On the one hand, political discourses and antagonisms are usually very outspoken, be it from activists or from presidents.
Similarly, shifts of regimes and policies seem to have been more extreme than in other parts of the world, as in the case of both neoliberalism and 'socialism of the 21st century'. On the other hand, political institutions and practices are also heavily influenced by undercurrents that are less visible yet powerful, such as corruption, a lack of trust and loyalty, and weak citizenship and rule of law.
The course deals with the causes, consequences and limitations of political turmoil and change in Latin America, with an emphasis on democratization, development policy and mobilization around 'old' and 'new' social and political issues, such as poverty, human rights and environmental justice. In order to understand recent events, we also need to look at previous developments. The 'left wave' of the past decade, which is now ceasing, followed after the neoliberalization and democratic transition in the 1980s and 1990s, which was in turn preceded by developmentalist states and dictatorships. In each of these phases, undemocratic political legacies (authoritarianism, elitism, populism), social and economic inequality, politicized state institutions and dependence on foreign capital produced civic discontent and social mobilization as well as initiatives for more participation or autonomy.
Form of instruction and assessment
During the course, different countries, topics and scholarly approaches are discussed. The course consists of a range of activities: seven thematic lectures, seven country sessions, a literature assignment and an oral presentation by each student, and the viewing and discussing of several documentaries and media reports. The final open-book exam will take place on 19 December from 13:00 to 16:00 hours. There is one resit possible: from 13:00 to 16:00 hours on 23 January 2018.
Hellinger, Daniel C., Comparative Politics of Latin America. Democracy at Last? Second edition. Routledge, 2015
Registration and Participation
MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.
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